If acronyms like BFP, BFN, AF, TTC and IUI form part of your everyday language then you are in the right place. But if you don’t yet know your IUI from an ICSI, have a look at our list of common acronyms and you will be orientated in no time.
Chances are you have pondered if acupuncture is worthwhile or wondered how beneficial naturopathy actually is. You may have worried about the impact of anxiety on your cycle or ate pineapple without knowing why. If you are nodding in agreement then you will definitely find some answers on this site. Having wondered these myself, my aim is to research and analyse published scientific journal articles to provide evidence based answers to these questions and many more.
If you have only been trying to conceive for a short while or know the names of all the nurses at your clinic and need to push the edges of science, you need to have trustworthy and accurate information. Being informed means that you can decide what ‘extra’ treatments and practices are and are not for you, saving time and money in an already expensive and emotionally exhausting process.
Whilst there are no guarantees on getting that ‘take home baby’ at the very least it is my goal to reduce some of the worry and effort that goes into fertility treatments on top of the treatment itself!
I am not a doctor, nor have any professional training in fertility. On top of a science degree with a major in psychology, I am an occupational therapist and have been working to assist people with chronic health conditions for the past several years. I am experienced in helping people get the most out of their medical interventions, doctors appointments and lifestyle decisions to reduce their burden of disease and improve their quality of life. More importantly though I have also had my own infertility journey for the past four years. I approach fertility in the same way I would encourage my own patients to control their chronic condition – by being informed and self managing what areas I can as much as possible.
No one cares about the success you will have more then you. Though who am I fooling? Everyone goes a little crazy from time to time and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. After what has felt like an eternity of two week waits I have been extremely lucky (and I do believe a lot of it came down to luck) and have my own success story with a baby girl to show for it. Although I am sure medical interventions certainly played their part, part of me will always wonder why this cycle worked. Did going gluten free, taking all those prenatal vitamins or even trying to do a little bit of exercise every day play any role at all?
I aim to remove some of the ‘luck’ from the equation and present evidence based research so ultimately you can make a more informed decision on what might, or might not, work for you. If you are interested in following what I uncover, please join me on the journey ( I promise no funny business with your email address) and welcome.